Boxing champion Hector Camacho died Saturday in San Juan, P.R., four days after after being shot in the left side of the face on Tuesday night. The former lightweight and junior lightweight champion, was parked in a car with his friend Adrian Mojica Moreno, who was also killed. Police reported there were nine bags of cocaine found in Moreno’s pockets and that a 10th was found open in the car. Camacho was declared brain dead on Thursday after a heart attack and died after being taken off life support. Camacho, who was widely known as Macho Camacho, won world championships in three weight divisions and faced some of the most feared boxers of his time, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Oscar De La Hoya. In his last match, at age 35 in 1997, he fought at 147 pounds and lost to the welterweight champion Oscar De La Hoya. Hector Luis Camacho was born in Bayamon, P.R. on May 24, 1962. At age 3 after his mother, Maria, separated from his father they moved to Spanish Harlem. His survivors include his mother; his father, Hector; three sisters, Estrella, Esther and Raquel; a brother, Félix; four sons, Hector Jr., Taylor, Christian and Justin; and two grandsons. Hector Jr. is also a professional boxer. Police reported no arrests and said investigators continued to interview potential witnesses. Camacho battled drug, alcohol and other problems throughout his life since, but will always be known as one of the most flamboyant and charismatic boxers of his generation.
By: Shelley Mendoza